March 24, 2018

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Latest Titles from Sarah Dessen, Paul Griffin, & Marissa Meyer | High School YA

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SLJ1504-Fic-YA-HSredstarAhdieh, Renée. The Wrath and the Dawn. 400p. glossary. Putnam. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399171611; ebk. ISBN 9780698185890.
Gr 9 Up –A reimagined tale based on One Thousand and One Nights and The Arabian Nights. In this version, the brave Shahrzad volunteers to marry the Caliph of Khorasan after her best friend is chosen as one of his virgin brides and is summarily murdered the next morning. She uses her storytelling skills, along with well-placed cliff-hangers, to keep herself alive while trying to discover a way to exact revenge on the Caliph. However, the longer she stays in the palace, the more she realizes there’s more going on than just a murderous prince. While her feelings for the Caliph grow and change, the first love she left behind is busy plotting to overthrow the entire palace. When the various plotlines come together in a final conflict, the story is brought to a satisfying, if unexpected, ending. A quick moving plot and sassy, believable dialogue make this a compelling and enjoyable mystery, with just the right amount of romance and magic. The main characters are well drawn and surprisingly likable, while secondary characters also develop in endearing ways. The rich, Middle Eastern cultural context adds to the author’s adept worldbuilding. Intimacy is dealt with in a straightforward way, without graphic details, and a subtle message of strength is portrayed through the brave independence of the protagonist. VERDICT This well-written mystery will be a surefire hit with teens.–Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

redstarToten, Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. 304p. Delacorte. 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780553507867; lib. ed. $20.99. ISBN 9780553507874.

Gr 8 Up –Hazel and Augustus need to move over because Batman and Robyn are about to take their place in the annals of YA literary romantic couples. The two teens meet in a group setting for those afflicted by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Adam Ross, aka Batman, has severe OCD that is debilitating at times. He is intimidated when he joins a weekly group because most of the members are a bit older than him; there is also a girl who he finds irresistible. Each group member takes on a superhero persona for sessions at the urging of their psychologist. Adam chooses Batman, and is floored when his crush Robyn chooses Robin in order to be his sidekick. Adam has a knack for helping others who struggle with their own issues, including his half-brother, Sweetie, who has regular meltdowns; his mother, who is a hoarder; and his best friend, Ben, who has a weight problem. Unfortunately, he is so consumed with his own counting, tapping, and difficulties entering thresholds that he does not realize his gifts. Through Adam, Toten examines the trials and tribulations of OCD head on, but Adam also deals with the usual teenage problems of love, friendships, school, and divorced parents. Readers will relate to Adam’s anxieties and root for him as his relationship with Robyn develops. VERDICT This is a definite next-read for teens who loved John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012) and Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014).–Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Akins, Karen. Twist. 336p. ebook available. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250031006; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781250031013.

Allen, Rachel. The Revenge Playbook. 368p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062281364.

Avery, Lara. A Million Miles Away. 320p. Little, Brown. Jul. 2015. ebook available. Tr $18. ISBN 9780316283687.

Barnes, David-Matthew. Fifty Yards and Holding. 192p. Bold Strokes. 2015. pap. $11.95. ISBN 9781626390812.

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Fixer. 304p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. Jul. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619635944.

Boecker, Virginia. The Witch Hunter. 360p. ebook available. Little, Brown. Jun. 2015. Tr $18. ISBN 9780316327008.

Bomback, Mark & Galaxy Craze. Mapmaker. 280p. Soho Teen. Apr. 2015. ebook available. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781616953478.

Charaipotra, Sona & Dhonielle Clayton. Tiny Pretty Things. 448p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062342393.

Ciocca, Gina. Last Year’s Mistake. 320p. ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481432238.

Cosimano, Elle. Nearly Found. 384p. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. Jun. 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739277.

Derting, Kimberly. The Replaced. 368p. (The Taking: Bk. 2). HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Apr. 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062293633.

Dessen, Sarah. Saint Anything. 432p. Viking. May 2015. ebook available. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780451474704. LC 2014039813.

Detweiler, Katelyn. Immaculate. 464p. Viking. May 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451469625.

Dinnison, Kris. You and Me and Him. 288p. ebook available. Houghton Harcourt. Jul. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780544301122.

Dockter, Debra. Deadly Design. 368p. Putnam. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399171055; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698173613. LC 2014031154.

Doller, Trish. The Devil You Know. 304p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619634169.

Downes, Patrick. Fell of Dark. 208p. Philomel. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399172908; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698183247.

Freitas, Donna. The Tenderness of Thieves. 352p. Philomel. May 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399171369. LC 2014017359.

Gaughen, A.C. Lion Heart. 304p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802736161. LC 2014027501.

Gibaldi, Lauren. The Night We Said Yes. 304p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062302199.

Gottfred, B.T. Forever for a Year. 320p. Holt. Jul. 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627791915.

Griffin, Paul. Adrift. 240p. ebook available. Scholastic. Aug. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545709392; ebk. $17.99. ISBN 9780545709415.

Gurtler, Janet. The Truth About Us. 320p. ebook available. Sourcebooks Fire. Apr. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781402278006.

Headley, Maria Dahvana. Magonia. 320p. HarperCollins/Harper. Apr. 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062320520.

Hedlund, Jody. An Uncertain Choice. 256p. Zondervan. 2015. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780310749196.

Holder, Nancy & Debbie Viguié. The Rules. 352p. ebook available. Delacorte. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780385741002.

Jaskulka, Marie. The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy. 144p. ebook available. Sky Pony. Apr. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781632204264.

Kenneally, Miranda. Jesse’s Girl. 304p. ebook available. Sourcebooks Fire. Jul. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781402284823; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781492622239.

Kennedy, Claire. After Hours. 256p. ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481430166; pap. ISBN 9781481430159.

Keplinger, Kody. Lying Out Loud. 304p. Scholastic. Apr. 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545831093.

Kranz, Jonathan David. Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea. 240p. ebook available. Holt. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627790505.

Kuehn, Stephanie. Delicate Monsters. 240p. ebook available. St. Martin’s Griffin. Jun. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250063847.

Maizel, Rebecca. Between Us and the Moon. 384p. ebook available. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062327611.

Martin, Jenny. Tracked. 400p. Dial. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803740129; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781101616703.

Meyer, Marissa. Fairest. 272p. ebook available. Feiwel & Friends. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250060556.

Myers, Kate Kae. Inherit Midnight. 400p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619632196. LC 2014009652.

Oakes, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. 400p. Dial. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803740709; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781101633700.

Ockler, Sarah. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. 416p. ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481401272.

Osborne, Mary A. Alchemy’s Daughter. 280p. Lake Street. May 2015. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781936181179.

Paige, Danielle. Dorothy Must Die Stories: No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn, The Wizard Returns. 416p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062280794.

Paige, Danielle. The Wicked Will Rise. 304p. (Dorothy Must Die: Bk. 2). ebook available. HarperCollins/Harper. April. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062280701.

Pearson, Mary E. The Heart of Betrayal. 496p. (The Remnant Chronicles: Bk. 2). ebook available. Holt. Jul. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780805099249.

Pellicioli, Anna. Where You End. 312p. Flux. Jun. 2015. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780738744032.

Powell, Kelley. The Merit Birds. 240p. Dundurn. May 2015. ebk. $14.99. ISBN 9781459729322; pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781459729315.

Roat, Sharon Huss. Between the Notes. 400p. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062291721; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780062291745.

Ryan, Carrie. Daughter of Deep Silence. 384p. Dutton. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525426509; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780698145566.

St. Jean, Trina. Blank. 312p. Orca. Apr. 2015. ebook available. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781459808072.

Schmidt, Tiffany. Hold Me Like a Breath: Once Upon a Crime Family. 400p. Bloomsbury. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802737823. LC 2014019262.

Smith, Hilary T. A Sense of the Infinite. 400p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. May 2015. ebook available. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062184719.

Stone, Juliana. Some Kind of Normal. 304p. Sourcebooks Fire. May 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781402291500.

Tash, Sarvenaz. Three Day Summer. 304p. ebook available. S. & S. May 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481439312.

Thomas, Leah. Because You’ll Never Meet Me. 352p. Bloomsbury. Jun. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619635906.

Wood, Fiona. Six Impossible Things. 304p. Little, Brown/Poppy. Aug. 2015. Tr $18. ISBN 9780316242165. LC 2014017241.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.